4 Kruger Park fires under control

2014-09-19 13:43

Four fires in the Kruger National Park have been contained.

“Following the raging fires in the Kruger that lasted for more than a week, we can confirm that all four fires are contained,” South African National Parks spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli said today.

SanParks conservation staff and Working on Fire teams were managing the fires and extinguishing potential new fires.

The blaze started last Friday when a runaway fire crossed the border from Mozambique into the park.

No infrastructure was damaged. Two young giraffe and possibly a rhino were injured by the fire.

Thakhuli urged visitors to exercise caution when approaching burnt areas, particularly between Phabeni and Skukuza.

“Visitors are also urged to report any fire sightings to the nearest camp or gate and refrain from starting more.”

“Area surveillance is currently under way to determine if there are other casualties,” he said.

Earlier, the KwaZulu-Natal emergency medical services said a fire that destroyed 100 dwellings in the Kennedy Road informal settlement in Durban had been extinguished.

“There is a feeling of anguish on scene from the residents. Many have lost everything in the blaze,” said KwaZulu-Natal emergency services spokesperson Robert Mckenzie. “Many of the dwellings’ occupants are at work and will be coming home to the tragedy.”

A ward councillor would meet affected residents regarding alternative accommodation, he said.

Paramedics treated a woman for burns and a man for electrical shock.

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